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Chairperson & Members on the Authority
 
Justice (Retd.) R.V. Raveendran
Chairperson


Justice R.V. Raveendran completed his secondary education at Fort High School, Bangalore. He graduated from St. Joseph's College, Bangalore and obtained Law Degree from Government Law College, Bangalore, in the year 1967. He was enrolled as an Advocate in March 1968 and practised extensively on the civil side till his elevation as a Permanent Judge of the Karnataka High Court in February 1993. He served as Chairman of Karnataka State Legal Services Authority for several years and popularised Lok Adalats in Karnataka. He was elevated as the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court in July 2004 and as a Judge of Supreme Court in September 2005. Justice Raveendran has rendered several landmark decisions in the fields of Civil and Constitutional Law. He has served as the Chairman of Supreme Court Legal Services Committee. As Chairman of Mediation & Conciliation Project Committee, he was instrumental in developing mediation across the country. He retired from the Supreme Court as a Senior Judge on 14.10.2011. Presently engaged in giving lectures and writing articles on law related issues and in conducting arbitrations.
 
 
Members Representing Eminent Persons
 
 
Mr. Nitin Desai

Mr. Nitin Desai, a graduate of LSE, taught economics at two UK Universities, worked briefly in the private sector, had a long stint as a government official in India and then joined the UN in 1990. In India he was in the Planning Commission (1973-88) and later in the Ministry of Finance as the Chief Economic Adviser (1988-90). In the UN, where he was Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, his major work was the organization of a series of global summits, notably the Rio Earth Summit (1992), the Copenhagen Social Development Summit (1995), the Monterrey Finance and Development Summit (2002) and the Johannesburg Sustainable Development Summit (2002). After his retirement he has been involved in a variety of public policy activities nationally and internationally. He is a Distinguished Fellow of TERI and is an Honorary Fellow of the LSE. He writes a monthly column in the Business Standard.
 
S.Y. Quraishi Dr. S.Y. Quraishi

Dr. S.Y. Quraishi completed his Masters degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi before joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1971. He received a Phd for his thesis “Role of Communication and Social Marketing in Development of Women and Children”. Prior to his appointment as the 17th Election Commissioner of India, he was Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. . He is known for his special contributions in the social sector reforms covering health, education, population, drug abuse, and civil society action. He has done extensive work in the fields of gender, women & child development, HIV/AIDS, Youth and Adolescent issues. Quraishi during his tenure as Special Secretary (Health) & Director General of the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), he brought India’s national AIDS control programme on the world map for creating the strategic framework for India’s Phase III AIDS Control Programme As Director General, Doordarshan, he brought about a turnaround in the programmes and finances of the organisation . Quraishi has a number of books and articles to his credit. His book ‘Social Marketing for Social Change’ has broken new ground in the field of Development Communication. Quraishi is an avid musician and likes to spend his leisure time among people and friends with musical interests.
 
Prof. (Dr.) G. Mohan Gopal

Prof. (Dr.) G. Mohan Gopal is a jurist and has specialized in development policy, globalization, international economic relations; international law and international organizations. After graduating in Science from Kerala University, he did his LLB from Delhi University and obtained his degrees in LLM & Doctorate in Law from the Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He is currently Chairperson, National Court Management Systems (NCMS) Committee, Supreme Court of India (since 2012), Member, Law Commission of India, New Delhi (since 2013), Director, Rajiv Gandhi Institute for Contemporary Studies, New Delhi (since 2011) and Member of the Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (since 2013). Dr Gopal was formerly Director, National Judicial Academy India, Bhopal (2006-2011); Adjunct Professor, National Judicial Academy (2004-2006), Director (Vice Chancellor), National Law School of India University (2000-2003) and Chief Counsel, World Bank Legal Department, Washington, DC. He has been appointed by the Government on several important Committees / Boards by the Government .He has held international assignments as Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC, Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Asian Development Bank, Manila, Lecturer in Law, faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (1980-1983) and Consultant, UNDP (Bangkok).
 
Leela K. Ponappa

Leela K. Ponappa is a former Ambassador and Deputy National Security Adviser & Secretary of the National Security Council Secretariat. As a career diplomat in the Indian Foreign Service from 1970-2006, she has worked extensively on India's relations with its neighbours  in the Ministry of External Affairs, as Desk Officer for Pakistan & Afghanistan and Divisional head handling SAARC and subsequently,  Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Maldives. Her ambassadorial assignments have been to Thailand, UNESCAP, the Netherlands and the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons). She has served on the faculty of the National Defence College and been a Research Associate at the Centre for South and South-East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She was Vice Chairperson of RIS (Research and Information Systems, New Delhi), an economic think tank, from 2007 to 2010.  She is currently Chairperson of the India Committee of CSCAP (Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific) and was elected Co-Chair of CSCAP in June 2012.
 
 
Members Representing Editors
 
Mr. Vivek Law Mr. Vivek Law

Mr. Vivek Law is an Editor with Bloomberg UTV, a leading Business News Channel. He is responsible for leading the Editorial function across verticals. He has worked with CNBC TV18 as National Editor (Consumer Affairs). He has also worked with Economic Times, Business standard, Financial Express and India Today. Mr. Law is a graduate from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce. In his illustrious 19 years in Business Journalism in print and electronic media, he has been at the forefront in the issues related to Personal Finance, Real Estate, Small and Medium Enterprises, Consumer Grievances and Economic Crime. His experience and global eye-view in matters of financial inclusion, financial literacy and customer protection would help the Financial Planning movement in addressing issues of Financial Planning from consumers’ perspective.
 
Mr. Q.W. Naqvi  Mr. Q.W. Naqvi

Mr. Q. W. Naqvi, currently the Editorial Director at India TV has straddled the world of print and television media for almost 34 years bringing a wealth of experience and expertise to bear through his grasp and understanding of news. Starting as a trainee journalist with the Navbharat Times, Mumbai in 1981, he later joined Navbharat Times, Lucknow. By the mid-eighties, he had shifted to Kolkata as the Chief Reporter of the widely circulated Hindi weekly Ravivaar, published by the Anand Bazaar Patrika group. A year later he moved to spearhead the launch of country’s first Hindi Weekly Broadsheet Chauthi Duniya, a new product he commandeered from the drawing boards to news stands defining it’s physical appearance as well as its editorial contours. He also named the publication that summed up its widely followed investigative content and unique perspectives. In the late eighties, he returned to Navbharat Times in Lucknow and in 1993 moved on to Navbharat Times, Jaipur as its Editorial Head. In June 1995, he joined TV Today Network as Associate Editor. The name Aaj Tak, an iconic superbrand of news television today is his coinage. He served as the News Director of TV Today Network Limited from 2004 till 2012, successfully launching Tez and Dilli Aaj Tak, besides consolidating the group’s flasgship English Channel Headlines Today. In October 2013, he joined India TV as Editorial Director.
 
Ms. Manika Raikwar Ahirwal Ms. Manika Raikwar Ahirwal

Ms. Manika Raikwar Ahirwal – Managing Editor NDTV 24x7 graduated from Miranda House and did her Masters from the Mass Communication Research Centre at the Jamia Millia University in Delhi. She is currently responsible for gathering all news inputs from across the country, and ensuring what goes on air is true, fast and credible. She joined NDTV in 1996 after a stint with Newstrack, India’s first video magazine, as a researcher, reporter. Manika has anchored a highly successful programme on Women’s Issues, and has reported for several years, when she covered the Gujarat Earthquake, the Narmada Bachao Andolan as well. In addition to her role as a key member of NDTV 24x7’s Editorial Team, her responsibility is to maximize resources and planning across NDTV’s different channels, working with the senior most editorial teams at NDTV India, Profit, Lifestyle, Worldwide, Special Projects, Red Dot and other teams.